>300 new rural tourist routes
China has recently launched a total of 300 rural tour routes, allowing tourists to take a closer look at the country's poverty battle achievements and aid rural vitalization, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The new routes are among China's efforts to enrich rural tourism services and prepare for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China.
Featuring a combination of revolutionary history and lush environments, the routes will provide a glimpse into China's poverty eradication and rural vitalization achievements.
The first quarter of 2021 saw China's rural tourist sites receive a total of 984 million visitors, up by 5.2% compared with the same period in 2019, according to estimations from a rural tourism monitoring center.
>Debris reenters atmosphere
The debris of the last stage of the Long March-5B Y2 carrier rocket reentered the atmosphere at 10:24 am on Sunday (Beijing Time), the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) said. The vast majority of the device burned up during the reentry, and the rest of the debris fell into a sea area with the center at 2.65 degrees north latitude and 72.47 degrees east longitude, said the CMSA.
The Long March-5B Y2 rocket, carrying the Tianhe module, the first and core module for the construction of China's space station, blasted off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the coast of the southern island province of Hainan on April 29.
According to the mission schedule, China will complete the construction of the space station in orbit in 2022. The station will have the ability to carry out long-term scientific and technological experiments and explore space resources in low-Earth orbit.
>Two runaway leopards captured
Two of the three leopards who fled a safari park in Hangzhou, capital of eastern China's Zhejiang province, have been captured.
A leopard was spotted in a residential area in Silian village, Fuyang district at about 8 pm Friday, according to an announcement by Fuyang district on Saturday.
It was later confirmed that the animal was one of the three young leopards that had broken out of the Hangzhou Safari Park.
By Saturday afternoon, the two leopards were captured and the search party was hunting for the other one.
The park has been ordered to close temporarily for a safety overhaul and the person who holds primary responsibility for the park has been detained.
>Egypt to produce Sinovac vaccine
Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed said on Sunday that Egypt will start locally producing China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine in June.
During a news conference in Cairo, the minister said that the first 2 million doses will be produced in June at the plants of the Egyptian Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA).
"We will receive the first shipment of the raw materials needed to manufacture the vaccine on May 18," Zayed told reporters, adding that 40 million doses will be produced in the first year.
Zayed noted that two agreements were signed between Sinovac and the VACSERA in April, with the first one enabling the Egyptian side to obtain the expertise and technical assistance to produce the vaccine, while the second giving VACSERA the license to manufacture and pack the vaccine in its factories.
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